NEW YORK: Without any doubt, the United States of America is extremely popular for its security arrangements at the airports where Transportation Security Agents (TSA) are deployed to carry out security checks with the help of high-end metal detectors, screeners and security instruments.
However, a recent series of undercover investigations that were performed at several US airports revealed a different side of it.
Carried out by the Homeland Security Red Teams, the probe exposed major loopholes in the security system at the US airports.
The undercover agents who acted as the passengers intentionally took the banned weapons with them along with mock explosives that were not detected by the security teams present there.
Out of 70 tests, TSA failed 67 tests and the supposed Red-Team members were constantly able to carry the potential weapons through the checkpoints.
According to an international news report, an undercover agent in one of the tests was stopped after setting off an alarm at the magnetometer, however, TSA screeners failed to detect a fake explosive device that was attached to the back of the agent during a follow-on pat down.
Soon after the revelation of the undercover project, the acting administrator, Melvin Carraway was officially suspended and an order was given by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which controls the operation of the TSA to revise the TSA’s screening procedures, equipment tests and training procedures.
In its statement to media, DHS said, “Upon learning the initial findings of the Office of Inspector General's report, Secretary Johnson immediately directed TSA to implement a series of actions, several of which are now in place, to address the issues raised in the report.”
Hijacking of planes and other terror activities have claimed various innocent lives and damaged several economies across the globe. After seeing these lapses in developed countries such as USA, it is time for the rest of the countries to gear up and work upon the security levels at their airports at sensitive locations.